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  5. <title>Open Letter on transparency to President of the European Parliament</title>
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  8. <h1>Open Letter on transparency to President of the European Parliament</h1>
  9. <p>Free Software Foundation Europe and <a
  10. href="http://www.openrightsgroup.org/">Open Rights Group</a> have sent
  11. an <a href="/freesoftware/standards/transparency-letter">open letter</a> <a href="
  12. https://download.fsfe.org/letters/20130716.Letter.Schulz.pdf">[pdf]</a> to the
  13. President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz. Mr Schulz has <a
  14. href="http://epfsug.eu/wws/arc/epfsug/2013-07/msg00041/Letter_President_Schulz_Free_Software.pdf">recently
  15. been asked</a> [pdf] to produce a study on transparency within the
  16. Parliament. </p>
  17. <p> In their letter, the civil society groups are offering Mr
  18. Schulz their help in this effort. They are also suggesting a number
  19. of questions that should be considered in the report on
  20. transparency, such as
  21. <ul>
  22. <li>As the Parliament is held to a standard of "utmost
  23. transparency", would it be obliged to make public the source code of
  24. the software it uses?</li>
  25. <li>How can the Parliament use Free Software and Open Standards to
  26. make sure that citizens have full and unfettered access to all
  27. documents produced by the Parliament?</li>
  28. <li>What can the Parliament do to make videos of its proceedings
  29. available to citizens without requiring them to install non-free
  30. software? </li>
  31. <li>Does the requirement for "utmost transparency" also cover the
  32. Parliament's procurement of software?</li>
  33. </ul>
  34. </p>
  35. <blockquote><p>"We appreciate the Parliament's commitment to
  36. transparency," says Karsten Gerloff, FSFE's President. "It is
  37. essential for democracy in Europe that citizens have the fullest
  38. possible access to parliamentary proceedings, and to the tools
  39. which the Parliament uses to make the laws that govern us all."</p></blockquote>
  40. <p>
  41. Open Rights Group and FSFE look forward to assisting the European Parliament in the
  42. preparation of the transparency study.
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